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Trade Winds Tripel - The Bruery

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Ratings: 881
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Summer seasonal, Trade Winds Tripel is a Belgian-style Golden Ale with a Southeast Asian twist. Instead of using candi sugar (typical for such a beer), we use rice in the mash to lighten the body and increase the gravity, and spice with Thai Basil. The result is an aromatic, digestible and complex beer made for a lazy summer evening.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 05-25-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look, ma, it's a tripel made with rice! It's gonna taste like Bud Lite, except it doesn't. It taste like AWESOME. It tastes like what winners drink. It smells like banana nut bread after you goldenly pour it into your snifter. And the head rises like a summer thunderstorm's anvil head. It has POWER! Tropical fruity flavors shoot out from all directions like heat lightning. Zapping you with a tartness too, and the occasional zap of a hop or two. The rice is light and fluffy on the tongue like a (cloud analogy).

It's not a tripel, it's its own (violent weather analogy) of aromatics. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 23:42:09 | More by specksnreds
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 capped bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip, roughly 40 degrees.

Poured with a very effervescent cream white head that sticks. Body is gold to orange but hazy.

Aroma is lemon pepper, licorice and hints of orange/grapefruit. No perceptible hopping. Some fresh cut pineapple notes as it warms (not like you find from hops, but literally fresh cut pineapple slices).

Flavor is dry malt upfront upfront, licorice and dried oranges and apricot. Also dried pineapple, not quite like the pineapple notes in the aroma, more sugary sweet.

Mouthfeel is dry in the finish, near chalkly (I absolutely love tripels this way) very effervescent cleansing the palate. This beer would go fantastic with a well brined Turkey, Duck or Glazed ham.

Extremely drinkable.

Overall, style wise this beer reminds me very much of many Saisons I have had, especially Saisons that have spice additions for flavoring. Hard to tell if the yeast played a huge role in the flavor profile or worked in conjunction with the Thai Basil addition. Either way it is a really delicious and worth seeking out beer. I might hesitate to call it a Tripel, and in BJCP land might argue it is out of style, but as a beer of Belgian style it is completely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 00:51:26 | More by PBoegel
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4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellered for about 9 months
750ml Bottle - Poured into DF Snifter -

Appearance - Was a little surprised on the color of the pour comapred to what a Tripel is normally - Had a Darker Copper Appearance and Head was bright white.

Smell - Stong fruit smell with a hint of clove? -
Taste - Fruity and a little funky for a Tripel but a real good mouthfeel - Tasted Basil, Banana and Orange the most with a hint of clove.

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Well done -

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:21:01 | More by dmunroe
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4.44/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy orange hued, medium amber. The rocky white head is long lasting and enthusiastic.

S: Medium-high esters orange and a moderate basil dominate the aroma. Moderately-light pepper and light clove phenols with a light malt sweetness.

T: There is an orange to peach like fruitiness with a pepper bite and moderate bitterness. A light malt and honey-like sweetness come out in the middle with an off-dry finish and a little hot. There is a moderately-light basil flavor and moderate spiciness. The balance is towards the bitter an aftertaste of honey and hops bitterness.

M: Moderate bodied with a moderately-high carbonation. There is a chile pepper like bit in the back of the throat. Kind of viscous but the high carbonation gives the impression of a lighter body. Moderate alcohol warmth, no creaminess and a light astringency.

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Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Mora2000


4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to djrn2 for sending me this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy orange-amber color with a white head. Looks about like a tripel is supposed to look.

The aroma is outstanding. I get a load of wheat and Asian basil as well as some nice fruit notes. There is also a nice Belgian yeast aroma and some muddled spices.

The flavor is just as good if not better. I get a lot of wheat and lemons, along with some cherries. The yeast and basil are once again present and compliment the other flavors very well. The beer is somewhat dry and is very easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. One of the best American-made tripels I have drank.

Serving type: bottle

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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into a Dogfish Head tulip, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the clear coppery amber brew. Head continues to rise, sno-coning above the rim, but the vigorous bubbling finally abates somewhat, with tons of chunky lacing. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy. Taste is sweet upfront, spicy yeasts in the middle, and a tea-like flavor at the close with some light warming. Mouthfeel is smooth, very clean, and drinkability is excellent. Very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some thick lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeast, lemon, some funk, and some basil. There is also a bit of funkiness, some vegetable, banana, biscuit, and clove.

T - Starts off with some lemon, Belgian yeast esters, banana, touch of clove, and and farmhouse funkiness. Through the middle, some basil and vegetable flavors come through with some biscuit notes. The finish is a mix of yeast esters, lemon, other light fruits, some tartness, and some lingering basil.

M - Medium bodied with fairly heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with an estery, sweet, and lightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really full and complex flavors with everything coming together really nicely. The balance of the traditional Belgian flavors with the Basil and other ingredients is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:47:17 | More by ngeunit1
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4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up off the shelf in NY,no date on it but I believe the summer 2013 bottle
A: very nice white frothy head, 2+ inch with sticky white lace. Hazy but vibrant gold in color
S: lemon rind, pineapple, sweet bread.. Was looking for the basil but couldn't really make it out.. Summery smelling thou and very nice
T: upfront sweet orange/lemon with sour spices. I can easily taste some Thai favors that would go great with a green or red semi-spicy curry
M: medium body, very carbonated with rolling bubbles.

Overall really impressed with this shelf distribution Bruery and I will add to my buy list should I see again

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 20:44:39 | More by alaimoa
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4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trade Winds Tripel....doesn't that just sound nice? Here's hoping it tastes as good to the mouth as it does to the ears.

Whoa mama! Now that's what I call a head. I don't think my glass was dirty but even a slow pour produced a huge, fluffy head that's sticking all over the place. A warming, foggy amber hue, and what we have here is a beautiful looking Tripel.

Once again my inability to smell small details because of my polyps is hurting me. But if I take my time I can distinguish some things. For one, it has that Tripel, belgian candy smell. Floral, slight spice and just refreshing.

Awesome. This is the type of Tripel that I yearn for. A beer that immediately delivers that Tripel feel - a dry, sweet bite that delivers immediately, and maintains a candy-like aftertaste for the long haul. This also has some nice citrus notes to it as well. The feel is medium bodied, smooth, and delicioso.

There's no doubt in my mind that I'll be coming back to this beer. I love the style, and The Bruery brued up a serious brue with this one. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 21:09:59 | More by ElijahCSkuggs
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Okay, so in all fairness this is a "Belgian Style Adjunct Ale", isn't it?

Pale, warm yellow with a just a hint of orange. Nice, long lasting head. Floral and spicy aroma, slightly hoppy, I sense more parsley than basil, certainly some puffed rice, and a bit of a fruity note, reminiscent of honeydew melon. The beer is rather highly carbonated, and would benefit from slightly lower than usual serving temperature, I'd say 40-45 degrees.

Overall, a good summer brew which works well with seafood dishes, salads and Asian flavors. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 05:55:16 | More by VaRy
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 Vintage
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, cloudy gold with a luscious 2.5 finger tall white head, which slowly reduces down to about a half finger, leaving plenty of sticky lace behind.

Aroma: Wow, this beer is absolutely bursting with tropical aromatics; sweet basil, coconut, fresh bananas, green apples, some spicy yeast phenols and fresh squeezed orange juice. There are some sweet biscuit-y malts neatly tucked underneath the very floral and perfume like nose. I could smell this ale for hours; it is positively intoxicating.

Taste: A bright burst of juicy, succulent fruit right away; strawberries, pears, bananas with some accompanying citrus hop tones. There is touch of some spicy basil before you're treated with a starchy, off dry finish with long, lingering notes of traditional, slightly spicy Belgian yeast; banana, light clove and raisins. Underneath the yeast there are some lovely, biscuit notes from the malts. The way the starchy rice interacts with the Thai basil leaves a strong impression of coconut on dancing on your palate. The sweet malt and yeast combination does get a tad cloying as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel: Robust, yet very light bodied. High, lively carbonation. Very refreshing and highly drinkable.

Overall: The Bruery takes the Tripel style, normally a very traditional style, and completely reinvigorates it; The Thai basil marries perfectly with the spicy, yet sweet Belgian yeast and the rice simultaneously lightens the body and adds some really nice texture to the beer. Want a summer beer that is, complex, refreshing and has some deceptive strength? Look no further. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2013 01:35:14 | More by flayedandskinned
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into snifter. Pours a hazy deep gold color with two finger bone colored head. Enjoying in the comforts of home after painting all day.

The nose on this is incredible. Notes of mango, juicy apricot, apple cider, tomato, and light basil spice. Very well-rounded and deep.

Taste: Basil, lemon, pepper, apple, light honey, slight biscuit.

Very fruity aftertaste that finishes quickly. Moderate to high carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

Overall a very interesting beer. Lots of fruity notes as well as slight vegetal tomato taste as well as basil. Very well-rounded and a unique take on the style. Highly recommended, would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 02:43:39 | More by syrupjoe
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4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tripel with rice and Thai basil? Summer fun indeed! Recently purchased from The Bruery itself, on to the beer:

Poured into an oversized wine glass, this is very heady and carbonated. A big sticky billowy head sits on top this hard to resist golden color. The aromas are a treat. I smell the soft Thai basil, then comes in mandarin orange and other subtle aromas.

Expect a sensation of bubbly at it first enters your mouth. Surpriningly light in the mouth, yet full of flavor (once you get past the carbonation). This tripel has the ripe fruits flavor of other ones, though less of it, but has the unique spices working in its favor. Nutty towards the back. I think I can even sense the rice that was used in the beer. Lighly spiced aftertaste.

It's always a pleasure for me to drink my favorite Belgian style of beer. Even better to have it uniquely flavored with Asian spices unlike other tripels. But best would be parading in the streets of Pattaya with a Thai woman in one hand and a Trade Winds Tripel in the other.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 04:32:35 | More by DoubleJ
Trade Winds Tripel from The Bruery
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